Total Nerd The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes  

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Star Trek: TNG episodes, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, as determined by voters like you. Easily one of the most influential space westerns of all time, TNG still has an incredibly rampant fan base despite being off the air for years. Trekkies might also enjoy the best Spock and Bones McCoy moments and awesome Star Wars/Star Trek crossover art. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes of all time are.

Fans of The Next Generation are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. List ranges from "All Good Things..." to "The Best of Both Worlds" and more. What is the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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The Inner Light is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Jun 01 1992
Picard is struck by an energy beam from an alien probe, which renders him unconscious and places him in the life of a citizen on the planet Kataan, with his memory of the Enterprise intact. ...more

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Yesterday's Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Feb 19 1990
"Yesterday's Enterprise" is the 63rd episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the 15th episode of the third season. The episode first aired in ...more

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The Best of Both Worlds, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Sep 24 1990
Riker must pull out all the stops in order to save Earth from a Borg invasion being lead by none other than Locutus - otherwise known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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The Best of Both Worlds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Jun 18 1990
"The Best of Both Worlds" is a two-part storyline from the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It comprises the 74th and 75th episodes ...more

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All Good Things... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
May 23 1994
Stardate: 47988.0 - Shortly after Picard is diagnosed with a long-term, potentially debilitating brain disorder, he starts experiencing bizarre shifts into three main time periods: 25 years into ...more

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Cause and Effect is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Mar 23 1992
Stardate: 45652.1 - While exploring the Typhon Expanse, the Enterprise is caught in a time warp in which they are repeatedly destroyed while colliding with another starship.

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Q Who is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
May 08 1989
Stardate: 42761.3 Q hurls the Enterprise into the Delta Quadrant and introduces the Federation to a powerful new enemy that may destroy the Alpha Quadrant: The Borg.

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The Measure of a Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Feb 13 1989
"The Measure of a Man" is the ninth episode of the second season of the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 35th episode overall, first ...more

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Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Feb 15 1993
"Tapestry" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 141st overall. It was originally released on ...more

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Timescape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Jun 14 1993
"Timescape" is the 151st episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 25th episode of the sixth season.

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Chain of Command is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Dec 14 1992
"Chain of Command" is a two-part episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It aired as the 10th and 11th episodes of the sixth season, the 136th and 137th ...more

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The Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Jan 17 1994
Stardate: 47457.1 - Riker is placed on a covert mission to find the missing starship he was once a member aboard, but the mission holds a secret that could destroy the peace treaty between the ...more

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Clues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Feb 11 1991
Picard orders a secret investigation when the crew suspects Data of lying about the discovery of a wormhole.

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The Defector is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Jan 01 1990
Stardate: 43462.5 A defecting Romulan warns the Federation about an impending attack by the Romulans, who are secretly establishing bases within the Neutral Zone.

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Parallels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Nov 29 1993
"Parallels" is the 163rd episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is the 11th episode of the seventh season. After returning from a bat'leth ...more

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Déjà Q is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Feb 05 1990
Stardate: 43539.1 A Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q.

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Darmok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Sep 30 1991
Stardate: 45047.2 - Picard must find a way to communicate with the newly discovered Tamarians, who speak entirely in metaphors, when a Tamarian Captain is brutally killed.

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Relics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Oct 12 1992
Stardate: 46125.3 - Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott is discovered suspended in a transporter beam 75 years after he disappeared. After the Enterprise crew re-materialise him, he has a hard time ...more

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The Drumhead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Apr 29 1991
Picard is accused of treason when an explosion aboard the Enterprise is investigated by a ruthless and paranoid Starfleet Admiral.

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Time's Arrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Jun 15 1992
Stardate: 45959.1 - Data's head is uncovered in an archaeological dig on Earth, where evidence is also found that aliens may have been on Earth as early as the 19th Century. Using modified ...more

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Face of the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Feb 08 1993
Stardate: 46519.1 - Troi is abducted and surgically altered by the Romulans as part of a ploy to smuggle intelligence operatives into the Federation.

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I, Borg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
May 11 1992
Stardate: 45832.1 - An injured Borg is discovered and brought back to the Enterprise where he is 'repaired' by Dr. Crusher and befriended by Geordi, who names him 'Hugh.' Soon, Hugh starts ...more

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Disaster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Oct 21 1991
"Disaster" is the 105th episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The fifth episode of the fifth season. The episode has an average rating of 4.4/5 on the ...more

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Sarek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added May 14 1990
Stardate: 43917.4 Spock's Vulcan father, Sarek, boards the Enterprise to negotiate political relations with the Legaran. However, Sarek has contract Bendii syndrome, which causes a Vulcan to ...more

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Who Watches the Watchers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Oct 16 1989
Stardate: 43173.5 An away team inadvertently breaks the Prime Directive and reveal themselves to a primitive culture on Mintaka III, causing the inhabitants believe that Captain Picard is a